Food Review: Filling Sandwiches @ Good Blue Men, Happy Mansion PJ

Dating back to the 1970s, the Happy Mansion flats in Petaling Jaya comprise several blocks of old, walk-up apartments. In recent years, many of its ground floor units have been taken up by cool cafes and eateries, making it a favourite hangout spot for foodies and hipsters alike. I’ve tried a couple of places such as Frame Thai, Kwong Wah Ice Kacang and Elsie’s Kitchen – time to add a new one to the list!

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Enter Good Blue Men, which specialises in sandwiches and other Western fare such as pastas and grilled chicken chops. The interior is minimalistic but cosy. It was rainy when we visited so the shop was pretty empty – but I heard that it can get quite crowded during lunch time and weekends.

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Their signature here is the sandwiches, which feature rather unusual flavour pairings. The bestselling is their Kam Heong chicken – which features 13 herbs and spices, chicken breast and arugula on oregano toast. (Kam Heong is a Malaysian-style stir fry which often uses curry leaves and bird’s eye chillies). I only had eyes, however, for the Cheezy Meltdown (RM19).

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AS they prep your sandwiches to order, expect some wait time. My Cheezy Meltdown was a beautiful mess, with three different kinds of cheese oozing from toasted slices of homemade white bread. Also within were sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes and a fried hash brown to lend it some crunch. The dish was served with a side of cheesy fries.

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The sandwich was all I had hoped for – cheesy goodness with a good balance of textures. The cheese tasted a lot like the KFC cheese sauce, and got a little overwhelming after a while. Even one slice was very filling. If you’re a small eater, I suggest getting this to share.

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N had the Tom Yum Fish (RM23), which came with a fish fillet golden fried to perfection and salad, slathered with a housemade tom yum sauce. The sauce lent it a spicy-sour kick, complementing the fish’s sweet and natural flavours. The toasted raisin bread brought everything together really well.

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A good spot if you’re thinking of a hefty sandwich fix!

GOOD BLUE MEN 

AG-01, Ground Floor,Block A, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Business hours: 10AM – 10PM (daily)

Contact:03-7499 7394

facebook.com/goodbluemen/

 

Review: Kwong Wah Ice Kacang @ Happy Mansion PJ

The weather has been sweltering hot these days – If you’re looking for a quick thirst quencher in a no-frills setting, look no further than Kwong Wah Ice Kacang @ Happy Mansion in PJ.

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The shop is small and jam packed with tables, so don’t expect to linger on for hours – strictly a “drop in-eat-and go” kinda place. That being said, the interior has a couple of nice touches, such as the counter boasting beautiful Peranakan-inspired tile, the warm yellow lights and the cool blue walls. The stall where their signature ice kacang and cendol is prepared is at the front.

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Food options are limited as most people come here for the desserts, but diners can also grab basic items such as nasi lemak and Mee Siam, as well as a variety of Nyonya kuih and freshly baked buns. The nasi lemak is cheap and tasty, but the portion is pretty small, as it only comes with a quarter slice of egg, some anchovies and sambal.

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The Ais Kacang (RM5.50) did not disappoint: the shaved ice was nice and fine, and it had a decent amount of ingredients to satiate one’s sweet tooth cravings. The fragrance of the coconut milk and thick, caramel-like sweetness of the gula melaka (palm sugar) bound everything together really well.  Definitely hits the spot in hot weather!

KWONG WAH AIS KACANG 

No. 5, Block C, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Section 17, Petaling Jaya

Business hours: 11am to 6.30pm (daily)